Eduardo Dantas doesn’t like the title “former” champion presented before his name at the moment.
“Dudu” dropped the Bellator bantamweight belt via decision to Joe Warren last week, and is hoping officials within the promotion grant him a shot at reclaiming it.
“I want this rematch,” said Dantas, in an interview with MMAFighting.com. “I want to fight him again. I believe I deserve it because I was the champion for two years, I waited for Bellator to do tournaments so I could fight again and defended my title twice.”
Dantas (16-4) suffered his first loss inside the Bellator cage when Warren was declared the winner. After winning the title in 2012 via second round submission over Zach Makovsky, the Brazilian finished both Marcos Galvao and Anthony Leone in defenses.
“I don’t think (Warren) defeated me convincingly,” he said. “We need to fight again. He really is a tough athlete, but he didn’t defeat me convincingly. I want to get the title back.”
He added that no injuries were suffered in the 25-minute battle with Warren, saying “I will get back to training next week to train and fix my mistakes.
“I promise you a new ‘Dudu’ Dantas, more intelligent and more aggressive,” he continued. “I will focus and train more wrestling now.”